Harun Yahya dangles big prizes for creationism essays

November 25, 2008

Turkey’s Muslim creationist Harun Yahya is not satisfied with sending lavish books against evolution and Darwin to western schools. He’s now running an anti-evolution essay contest with a top prize of $64,000. He has just doubled the prize money from $32,000 and boosted the maximum length for essays from 15 to 60 pages.

“The competitors of the competition “Why Is the Theory of Evolution Invalid?” held by Science Research Foundation had some righteous demands, stating that given the too many dilemmas of Darwinism, 15 pages is too short for their essays and that the time is inadequate,” his group has written in a message I just received. “The purpose of this competition is to raise young people’s awareness of Darwinism, which has inflicted immense damage on mankind and to put them on their guard against this terrible fraud in science.”

The procedure is a bit complicated. One hundred participants have to first be accepted on the basis of the essays. They will then have to take a test consisting of 80 questions about evolution. The announcement says the test will be held in December 2009 at a location to be announced.

This made me wonder about who would enter this contest. Harun Yahya is one of the few Muslims active in the creationism field otherwise dominated by conservative Christians. These Christians are often — but not always — sceptical to hostile towards Islam. So would they approve of their children submitting essays to Harun Yahya’s contest? Would the creationist museums in the United States advertise this attractive offer? I can’t imagine there is such a jackpot anywhere else for a creationist essay.


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scary stuff — you should give the site address and let people see it http://www.harunyahya.com/ — scary stuff

Posted by tzvee | Report as abusive

You can watch the presentation of the competition from Darwinism Watch (below). They have also given so many replies there. For the ones planning to write, their websites are full of materials.

Posted by frederickK | Report as abusive

tzvee, thanks for pointing out the oversight. The link is up now.

Posted by Tom Heneghan | Report as abusive

I am preparing for this competition. There are lots of proofs that I can write as a prove of creation.
Because there is no evolution, everything is a proof of God.

Posted by mary | Report as abusive

i don’t understand why the author wonders about who would enter this contest. there is already a huge interest in it. it is true that yahya is one of the few and definitely the most active muslim in the field, but that doesn’t mean that there are few believers in creation among muslims. on the contrary, a great majority do believe in creation. i believe christians and even jews would also be interested in it, because they basically say the same thing: God created all life.

Posted by alfred | Report as abusive

I look forward to hear the results of this contest.For me the biggest proofs of the evolution deceit are the fossiles.I am really excited to see other proofs and search for them myself!

Posted by monique | Report as abusive

Such a contest will also serve the believers to unite under one single flag: The belief in God.No matter if we are christians, jews or muslims, we all believe in God’s creation and pray our Lord.Creation will unite us.

Posted by jhonny | Report as abusive

The first report from my recent trip to Turkey was just published in Seed magazine. It’s an exploration of my experience meeting Adnan Oktar and his associates. I’m writing to invite you to take the time to read it and to invite you to comment on it. I’m always eager for feedback.

I’ll be writing about Islamic creationism more in the future—an article is currently planned for the March/April issue of Search magazine (formerly Science & Spirit).

* See the article at Seed magazine online:
http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/2008/12  /the_art_of_creationism_1.php

* Discuss on my blog:
http://www.therowboat.com/2008/12/the-ar tist-of-the-beautiful/

Posted by Nathan Schneider | Report as abusive

To Nathan,

I have read your article and it does the same thing that other secularists who’s world view has been utterly demolished and are desperate: which is the attempt to discredit a person by attacking his character.
Often in history those who espouse the truth are subject to this kind of behaviour but it is in vain because any sincere and objective seeker of the truth can see and understand what is going on and cannot fall for it.
Those who do are usually in vain, giving in stubbornly and obstinately to their whims and desires (wishful-thinking).
Mr Oktar more then anyone else has placed the deception of evolution increasingly in the open and there is nothing that his enemies can do about it.


Posted by Joe Morreale | Report as abusive

Asalamu Aliekum!
I wrote a tract on the ‘seven golden verses’ from the Honored Qur’an which tells of creation from both the Honored Qur’an and the Bible. www.salahallah.com

Please view it and may you be blest…wishing you His Eternal Peace, rmh

Posted by rudy | Report as abusive

when is the deadline?

Posted by dina | Report as abusive

Harun Yahya is a megalomaniac that is desperately trying to get publicity for his cult and will tell any old fib to do so.
Yahya has no scientific credentials. In fact his only credentials are criminal ones, as he is currently serving three years in jail fortrying to blackmail a woman into having sex with him.

Posted by Zaki Badawi | Report as abusive

Posted by Joe Morreale:

“Mr Oktar more then anyone else has placed the deception of evolution increasingly in the open and there is nothing that his enemies can do about it.”

Joe you’re way out of your league if you think that Adnan Oktar has any reliable evidence against evolution.
Oktar is the paranoid who tried to stifle Richard Dawkins freedom to speak. Not the other way around. Science has nothing to fear from Adnan Oktar as Oktar doesn’t know any science and completely misunderstands the theory of evolution.

Posted by Abu AFak | Report as abusive